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🏆 Tal Memorial (Rapid) (2017)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Alexey Shirov, Loek van Wely, Viktor Laznicka, Igor Viktorovich Kovalenko, Aleksej Gennadyevich Aleksandrov, Daniel Grigoryevich Fridman, Vladimir Onischuk, Alexei Dmitriyevich Fedorov, Alexander Shabalov, Jaan Yukhanovich Ehlvest, Benjamin Bok, Eric Hansen, Arturs Neiksans, Rinat Jumabayev, Jiri Stocek, Maksim Vavulin, Andrey Esipenko, Normunds Miezis, Evgeni Ellinovich Sveshnikov, Nikita Meskovs, Jakob Vang Glud, Ottomar Ladva, Toms Kantans, Oleg Valeryevich Krivonosov, Maksim Gennadyevich Notkin, Mika Karttunen, David Gorodetzky, Jonas Buhl Bjerre, Thomas Casper, Arturs Bernotas, Alexander Sotsky, Egor Bogdanov, Dmitry Panchenko, Laura Rogule, Ilze Berzina, Bjoern Bente, Dmitri Petrov, Markus Orndahl

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Tal Memorial (Rapid) (2017)

The Tal Memorial was an 11-round Swiss Open taking place from 4-5 March in the SemaraH Hotel Lielupe, Jurmala, Latvia. Players received 12 minutes for the entire game, plus a 5-second increment starting from move one. (1) Vladimir Onischuk won with 9/11.

Official site: https://www.sahafederacija.lv/. Crosstable: http://chess-results.info/tnr245235...

(1) chess24: Tal memorial (Rapid) https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-t...

 page 1 of 1; 24 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D G Fridman vs Dmitri Petrov  1-0402017Tal Memorial (Rapid)A09 Reti Opening
2. A Neiksans vs Van Wely  1-0422017Tal Memorial (Rapid)A28 English
3. D G Fridman vs M G Notkin  1-0812017Tal Memorial (Rapid)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Sveshnikov vs N Meskovs 1-0342017Tal Memorial (Rapid)B22 Sicilian, Alapin
5. I V Kovalenko vs A Esipenko  1-0762017Tal Memorial (Rapid)D38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
6. A Neiksans vs J Vang Glud  1-0302017Tal Memorial (Rapid)A13 English
7. Ehlvest vs D G Fridman  1-0402017Tal Memorial (Rapid)C11 French
8. Van Wely vs M Vavulin  1-0602017Tal Memorial (Rapid)A62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
9. J Vang Glud vs V Laznicka  1-0462017Tal Memorial (Rapid)A11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
10. E Hansen vs J B Bjerre  1-0792017Tal Memorial (Rapid)B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
11. V Laznicka vs T Casper  1-0452017Tal Memorial (Rapid)C09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
12. Van Wely vs Egor Bogdanov 1-0892017Tal Memorial (Rapid)E92 King's Indian
13. R Jumabayev vs Ehlvest 1-0482017Tal Memorial (Rapid)A88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
14. Fedorov vs N Miezis  1-0462017Tal Memorial (Rapid)B40 Sicilian
15. B Bok vs O Ladva  1-0652017Tal Memorial (Rapid)B46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
16. V Onischuk vs Sveshnikov  1-0432017Tal Memorial (Rapid)B30 Sicilian
17. R Jumabayev vs Shabalov  1-0522017Tal Memorial (Rapid)A07 King's Indian Attack
18. E Hansen vs M Vavulin  1-0362017Tal Memorial (Rapid)C72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
19. V Onischuk vs J Stocek  1-0432017Tal Memorial (Rapid)C00 French Defense
20. Sveshnikov vs D G Fridman  1-0492017Tal Memorial (Rapid)B10 Caro-Kann
21. A Neiksans vs R Jumabayev  1-0552017Tal Memorial (Rapid)D78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
22. D G Fridman vs N Meskovs  1-0472017Tal Memorial (Rapid)A17 English
23. R Jumabayev vs B Bok  1-0472017Tal Memorial (Rapid)A05 Reti Opening
24. I V Kovalenko vs M Vavulin  1-0612017Tal Memorial (Rapid)A27 English, Three Knights System
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Mar-05-17  ColeTrane: I see they're all drawing after 5 moves..... Lame!
Mar-05-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  PhilFeeley: Great. This is already over before anyone knew it was on.

Onischuk won BTW, 9/11, Shirov a distant whatever, 7.5/11. Sad.

Mar-06-17  siggemannen: This is not THE Tal Memorial though.
Mar-06-17  stst: Qs:
1. Why Tal Memorial is degraded to Rapid (only)? Looks like Tal does not deserve the high respect??

2. Five / Six moves ?? WHY - it's like child's play?? What are the organizers thinking?? Not only "Lame," it's "SHAME!!"

3. The participants?? - Who stands out, what ELO??

Better simply abolish this one, or let some more respectable organizers do it in a high profile event.

Mar-06-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Troller: <stst: Better simply abolish this one, or let some more respectable organizers do it in a high profile event.>

Feel free to organize a better event, you obviously know how to do it.

Mar-06-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sokrates: In the Tal Memorial 2016 there were players like Kramnik, Anand, Giri, Aronian, Svidler, Nepomniatschi - two floors above this lot - with all due respect and an apology to the great Shirov.
Mar-06-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Troller: The Tal Memorial 2016 was the classical Moscow Tournament organized by the Russian Chess Federation. That tournament has had different names over the years I believe. I do not think the RCF has anything to do with this event, so no need to compare them.
Mar-06-17  virginmind: What's with the 5 move games? Especially Shabalov's, completely weird - as if protesting to something?
Mar-06-17  7he5haman: Maybe some of the 5-6 movers are incomplete?! Excluding the Shabalov one obviously.
Mar-06-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sokrates: Understood, <Troller>, thanks. Wasn't aware of that.
Mar-06-17  stst: 1. Sure we know how to do it, but need your help (for at least a bitcoin!?) Yet if all the big shots agree to play (only for Tal's Honor,) then there's almost no issue?! (still need the venue and some supplies - no boards nor pieces necessary though, as these big shots should be able to play blind-folded?!)

2. Same name, np, but pl. specify - even understood that Tal won't mind any more... but, in modern times, from a legal standpoint, there might be issues of doing that.

Mar-06-17  stst: <Shabalov's, completely weird - as if protesting to something>

... Hmm, could be, they all got caught by the Whirl of How!!

Mar-06-17  stst: <Castle early and often...>

From CG !?!

How "often" we can castle?? - If done, once is enough (in one game of course! what else?)

Mar-07-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: <stst> Here's a couple of games where they castled more than once for a given side:

Torre Reti, Baden Baden (1925) and Kindermann Korchnoi (1995)

https://chess24.com/en/read/news/th... (#3)

Maybe there some others here:

Game Collection: Castling Incidents

Mar-07-17  stst: < a couple of games where they castled more than once for a given side:>

Of course we're talking about legal moves. Accidents, or special permission by the Arbiter under some circumstances, etc are not counted.

The point is kind of semantic wrangling... if what's said contradicts the ruling, then ?? Thought that's obvious, e.g. some movie may carry the title "Dying Twice!!" or "Born Again" -- my make up, such things might come up (if not past, present, then must be in future?) Unless scientists discover there's actually some time NONE OF THE ABOVE (LOL again!!)

Mar-07-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: <stst> not to beat a dead horse too much, but an illegal move becomes legal if not corrected in time.

So, yes, you can indeed truly castle more than once in a game.

But on the whole, the <CG> saying is a little dumb. People enjoy the occasional dumb humor round these parts. The puns are proof positive of this.

(As far as time travel goes, despite Kip Thorne's and other's work, I'm inclined to think it not possible. It certainly messes up causality, at the very least.)

Mar-08-17  starry2013: zanzibar: <not to beat a dead horse too much, but an illegal move becomes legal if not corrected in time.>

Yes and this would be the greatest ever protest game or just an agreed drawn game between two players. Rewrite the rules of chess with impossible moves and then agree a draw. It would be the most entertaining agreed draw ever.

Mar-08-17  Sularus: 5 moves? Tal is drinking in his grave.
Mar-08-17  stst: < an illegal move becomes legal if not corrected in time.>

This recalls me to a movie I saw on a flight: "Black Mess."

There, the capo told/taught his son in front of his mom: "It's ok doing that, if you're not caught."

Same "logic?" -- Murder with no one caught is not murder, or, per your dictum: "illegal moves become legal if not corrected in time."

Indeed, so many (Human) mistakes + errors committed... and repeated...with the "help" of this odd occurrence -- they're not corrected in time.

Mar-08-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  zanzibar: OK, maybe saying an illegal move become legal is a bit of a misstatement.

I was trying to be pithy.

A better statement, drawing a legal parallel, is that an illegal move on the chessboard is subject to a statue of limitation.

So it might always have been an illegal move, but at some point it isn't subject to prosecution.

As for the murder analogy, it clearly doesn't apply, because murderous offenses are never subject to a statue of limitation.

I haven't really thought too much about felonies vs misdemeanors on the chessboard.

(Well, other than the grievousness of my own blunders, that is.)

Mar-08-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  beenthere240: "Vote early and often" is probably the parent of the CG joke.
Mar-08-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  beenthere240: Of course the current US president believes this is what occurred in the recent election. Bad!
Mar-09-17  stst: <..an illegal move on the chessboard is subject to a statue of limitation.>

Yeah, chess becomes more than chess. Maybe we need some heavy weight attorneys to drill into the "statues" and "limitations" of the current version of chess rules, for even as simple the legality of castling!!

It's certainly beyond me, both in resources and time, to dig into that. But raising such "issue" certainly widen my scope of chess - much more than chess!!

Probably as many lawyers talked about Rule of Law (or maybe even more on top of that...for that logic to expand and evolve? revolve? or convolute??)

Mar-09-17  Pedro Fernandez: Interesting those reflections which have made <Troller> and <Sokrates> about Tal Memorial tournament. In fact I have always thought that this tournament should be of category XX and up. However I also think that the Tal is an opportunity for the young FMs and IMs to gain norms and improve their level of playing. Just my opinion.
Mar-10-17  stst: <Tal is an opportunity for the young FMs and IMs to gain norms ..>

Maybe so. Else may imitate other "big" events to have "Master Class" and "Open."

Yet sad, enough, all hinges on the loot, and I saw other Memorials, for either Capa or Alek also fall into such lower echelons. On Contrary, look at Tata Steel, Sinquefeld, or the latest Grand Tour... they attract the top guns. WHY?? The loot!! (& also the ladder!! -- get the point?!)

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